I fail to understand... Simply fail.
Oh boyohboyohboy, now Americans can choose among health insurance companies. Why would they WANT to? What does anyone think the benefit of health insurance companies IS?
What's got me riled up and typing madly before I even get my coffee down (and what I should be doing is wading out in the snow, okay, it's almost all gone, putting the garbage out, don't want to miss the truck, and there's something I pay thru the nose for ... but not to the garbage-insurance company of my choice, but, it being a public service and all, much more efficiently I pay the town hall and they pay the garbage/recycle company... used to be they were town employees... but anyway...) is seeing Paul Ryan doing his smarmy thing in front of the camera. And taking every opp to say OBAMA as he cuts and slashes and proudly presents the mutilated corpse...
Well, sounds like it's not going to get passed, and if it did perhaps the people would fill the streets again and demand his head... and if it doesn't get immediately passed Trump's head will explode. So win win.
But as a Canadian, it makes me wild. GodDAMN. I can go to any doctor. I don't fill out any paperwork, merely (for any first visit to any doc or hosp) give them my ID card, and that's that. Anything I need gets done.
In this past year I had visits to walk-in, ER, my doc, neurologist, ophthamologist, cat scan, blood-flow test, two MRIs, and then various for knee surgery – surgeon, anesthetist, hospital lectures, X-rays, blood work, physio and check-up visits to doc – all “free”.
Yeah, I pay a lot of it in taxes. Here in BC I also pay a monthly prem of $80. But not a penny goes to an insurance company. The government that pays the med. bills is a whole lot more efficient about it and cost-effective than an insurance company because they just pay the bills, they don't get involved in what I can or can't have or did I have acne as a teenager (PRE-EXISTING! And I still get an occasional pimple – OUT!) ... that is truly left up to me and the med people. Billions of money is wasted in the US on insurance companies, who do NOTHING for the med system or the patients, only enrich themselves. Overall we pay less, get better outcomes (fewer maternal deaths, greater longevity). Our hospitals may not have as fancy waiting rooms, but they get 'er done.
It's so effing crazy. As Colbert said last night, people should (yes, Caffetz, you horror) buy health insurance instead of 300 i-phones a year. PEOPLE SIMPLY CAN'T AFFORD HEALTH CARE AS IT COMES UP... And tax credits? Snort! Really helpful.
And we have abortion on demand. There are some protestors, but they must stay on the other side of the street and behave themselves (they usually amount to half a dozen die-hards and not at every clinic or hospital).
Yeah, and my notice of voter registration just came in the mail. It's automatic – when we get our health/ID card, we're automatically put on the roll.
(...and refugees from the U.S. keep coming across the border... )
[And I won't can-can-Canada it, Kosh – in so many ways, whatever awful things you can point out, we're a more humane society than what you got.]